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March 27, 2008

Mutual Enemies Of Freedom: The Hillarys And The Huckabees

by Doug Mataconis

Cato’s David Boaz has a great column about the mutual threats to freedom posed by the philosophies of the left and the right:

[D]espite [America’s] heritage of freedom, we’ve always got the Hillarys and the Huckabees and the other people who think they could run our lives better than we can. The Huckabees on the right continue to resist the cultural changes of the 1960s, and the Hillarys on the left continue to resist the economic changes of the 1980s.

The “Huckabees” want to censor cable television because they don’t think you can be trusted to decide what your family should watch. They support bans on drugs, pornography, gambling and violent video games because you just don’t know what’s good for you. They want prayer in the schools and sound science out. They want to subsidize heterosexual marriage and ban gay marriage. They want government to take the place of God and stamp out sin on earth. Former Sen. Rick Santorum, a classic Huckabee, complains about “this whole idea of personal autonomy, … this idea that people should be left alone.”

The “Hillarys,” meanwhile, want to raise taxes because they think they can spend your money more wisely than you can. They don’t believe in school choice because you don’t know how to choose a school for your children. They think they can handle your retirement savings and health care better than you can. They think, as Hillary Clinton has advocated, that the government should produce video lectures on how to burp a baby and how to brush your teeth and have them “running continuously in doctors’ offices, clinics, hospitals, motor vehicle offices, or any other place where people gather and have to wait.”

The Huckabees want to be your daddy, telling you what to do and what not to do. The Hillarys want to be your mommy, feeding you, tucking you in and setting your curfew. But the proper role for the government of a free society is to treat adults as adults, responsible for making their own decisions and accepting the consequences. And the good news is that mostly we do that.

Free men and women, of course, don’t need a mommy and daddy. They just need a government that will keep civil order and otherwise get out of their way.

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  • http://poppychop.net/ Nitroadict

    If the massive Parentalist tendencies of both parties were to be outcast, this country might have a chance. I suppose that’s what happens when people rationalize the lack of proper parenting at home in the name of “progress”.

  • glenn

    Wow Doug,
    Ole Huck and Mama Clinton done got chew all fussed up. How come you let em?
    Don’t worry, ain’t no way the both of em and McCain can win over Obama.
    You know, we over estimate just how much ability any of our Presidents have at changing our country and world to their ways. By the time Congress and Senate get through with them they tame down and loose their integrity like the rest–you know, special interests, political favors and such.
    You’re right –there’s way too much restriction on garbage, filth, chemicals, assault weapons, etc. We are all grown ups and should be free to polute the earth and air waves if we want to. We keep on making laws and the law breakers keep coming up with new ways around them. My granny always said “whats in the well comes up in the bucket” She was right for me–I’m as sorry and rotten as they come. I keep writing my plays-drawing my pictures , and try as I may, all I get is sorry and rotten. But hey–atleast I’m free. What a country!

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